Bond with your baby, have fun trying new activities and meet other mamas with our guide to some great baby classes in Singapore!
Whether you want to spend some quality time with your baby or keen to start their education at a young age, checking out a baby class is your best bet – who said enrichment classes were just for big kids? While the newborn phase can definitely feel like a bit of a sleep-deprived blur at times, soon enough you’ll be itching to get out of the house and do something more than just stare at your adorable munchkin sleeping or roll around on a play mat.
From music and movement classes (even newborns like listening to songs!) to swimming and messy play, there are heaps out there to stimulate babies in a nurturing, age-appropriate manner. We’ve included parent- and caretaker-accompanied classes, as well as drop-off infant care facilities for working parents to cover the full range of possibilities out there!
6 months to 7 years old
Taiwan’s top mandarin early childhood program is now in Singapore! With over 200 studios across China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, this award-winning Mandarin syllabus has a proven track record of 38 years. Kids 6 months to 7 years old will learn the language through music, movement, sensory activities and creative play, supplemented with high-quality songbooks and recordings available in their own mobile app to continue the language exposure at home.
At 4 years old onwards, little ones are offered a specialisation to language stream (primary school preparation, including hanyu pinyin) or the chance to try the first-ever Mandarin immersion group piano classes in Singapore. Young musicians learn the piano and mandarin at the same time! Give your little one a good head start in Mandarin with these fun classes!
Newborn to 6 months
Beloved Bumps does some fab postnatal courses that are great for mamas with newborns! ‘New Mums’ and ‘Next Steps’ provide a safe space for new mums to head out to meet other mamas and babies going through the same thing at the same time. It’s a great way to practice getting out of the house with the baby on your own and know that help is at the other end! The topics that will be covered are ones that you don’t think about until your bub is born, including getting contacts for women’s health physiotherapists, breastfeeding specialists, sleep consultants, psychologists, personal trainers and paediatricians in the New Mums course for mamas with newborns up to 3 months old. The Next Steps course for new mothers with babies 3 to 6 months old will cover topics such as baby’s sleep, introduction to baby signs, mum-led support, baby activities, first aid recap and introduction to solids. Classes are led by a midwife, with scales available on hand to weigh babies. Meet other mums and babies and find your own support network!
Beloved Bumps, 46 Kim Yam Road, #03-05 The Herencia, Singapore 239351
8 to 36 Months
At The Music Scientist, activities are always entertaining for babies 8 to 36 Months and their parents! They have creative thematic activities that will keep you coming back for more. Their fun-filled program incorporates Music and Sensory activities together. Besides providing a great bonding session with your little one, this program will build their motor skills, boost their brain development through the stimulation of their multiple senses, cultivate their curiosity and improve their attention span. You’ll definitely look forward to what’s in store every week at The Music Scientist!
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The Music Scientist, 300 Tampines Ave 5 NTUC Tampines Junction #06-03 Singapore 529653, themusicscientist.com
6 to 35 months
Aqua Bambinos offers indoor swimming lessons (in 30 degree water no less!) for little ones from 6 to 35 months of age. Songs, toys and a healthy dose of fun are used in their parent-accompanied classes, where teachers focus on helping parents teach their babies about water safety and familiarisation. There’s even baby changing facilities and a child-friendly waiting area to keep wee ones busy while they wait for their swim lesson!
45 Burghley Drive, Block C Burghley Lifestyle Hub #01-07, Singapore 559022, Tel: (+65) 6487 3225, www.aquabambinos.com.sg
6 months to 4.5 years
Introduce your tinies to the water with an AquaDucks parent-accompanied swim lesson. For babies from 6 months of age, their infant programme teaches littles ones how to be comfortable in the water through playing games, singing songs and having fun! Light submersion is also practiced once your baby is ready.
Various locations across Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6463 5554, www.aquaducks.com.sg
6 months to 17 months
Specialising in bilingual and Chinese education, Bibignogs caters to young children in particular – with parent-accompanied classes starting from just 6 months. With a curriculum inspired by Multiple Intelligences Theory, each class incorporates various “intelligences”, including movement, music, linguistic, math and more. The “Bilingual Babes” class is available once, twice or even three times per week. Following enrichment classes, full preschool options are available as well.
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
6 to 36 months
With a wide range of parent-accompanied playgroups, classes and drop-in sessions for children 6 to 36 months, Blue House is hands-down one of our very favourite resources for magical, enriching bonding time with your bubs. The absolutely stunning Atelier (far more soothing than garish and over-stimulating) provides little ones with interactive, sensory-driven experiences, whether through storytelling, songs, musical instruments, or the creative use of materials and textures (we’ll never forget the look of wonder on our one-year-old’s face when she saw feathers shooting up into the air, or her giggles when she got to crawl around in corn starch goop!).
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool Turf City, 2 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287988, Tel: (+65) 6462 6547, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
[email protected], www.bluehouseatelier.com,
Centre Stage School of the Arts
6 to 18 months
This fun-filled performing arts centre has a bunch of programmes perfect for tiny tots with energy to burn! “Babystage” creative play classes provide an opportunity for parents and caretakers to interact and learn with their youngsters in a stimulating environment, while their super popular play stage programme (1.5 – 3.5 year olds) provides a fun and imaginative space for parents and toddlers to learn through drama, art and craft, music and movement, singing and word play. There’s even ballet tots and tap tots classes for mini ballerinas (from 2 years of age).
CentreStage School of the Arts, Block 15 Woking Road, Wessex Estate, Singapore 138694, Tel: (+65) 6732 7211, www.centre-stage.com
6 months and up
Creative Hearts prides themselves in their signature music and movement programmes like “Musical Babies” and “Musical Tots”. Incorporating multiple music pedagogies into their programmes, babies age 6 months and up will develop a strong foundation in music. We love that their class sizes are capped at six babies per class for more individualised attention and are taught by qualified, passionate and caring educators. You and your little one will be guaranteed a great time singing, dancing, wiggling, shaking and playing instruments together, while you marvel at your little one’s progress each week!
Creative Hearts – Centre For Performing Arts, 2 Pandan Valley #01-200, Singapore 597626, Tel: (+65) 6909 5205 / 8767 9761 (WhatsApp), [email protected], www.creativehearts.sg
The Early Brain Academy
Newborn to 4 years
The Blooming Joy class at The Early Brain Academy (for expectant parents through 3 months of age) is all about providing sensory stimulation, and also shows parents how to create a home environment that enhances and enriches brain development to foster physical and intellectual growth.
The Early Brain Academy, 37 Jalan Pemimpin, MAPEX #03-08, Singapore 577177, Tel: (+65) 6610 0700, theearlybrainacademy.com
9 to 22 months
EtonHouse is way more than just preschool, mama; the Stay & Play Programme for children 9 – 22 months of age is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their babies, meet other parents and pick up learning strategies from EtonHouse’s experienced international team of educators. We particularly love the 50:50 English/Chinese bilingual immersion (the earlier you expose your baby to other languages, the better!), not to mention the beautiful, safe and stimulating Reggio-Emilia environments EtonHouse is known for. Kiddos use their sense of touch, sight, smell, hearing … even taste on occasion to engage with materials including paint, water, sand, clay, fabric and more.
Growing Up Gifted
8 months to 4 years
Specialising in Early Years education, G.U.G. provides specially-designed activities for children from 8 months of age up to 8 years-old, covering skills including language, literacy, logical thinking, math, social, and problem-solving skills. It all begins with parent-accompanied playgroups covering music and movement, action rhymes, alphabet and phonics games, puppetry, art & craft, cooking, sensorial and science discoveries. A bilingual playgroup is available, too.
Growing Up Gifted, 101 Thomson Road #01-20/27, Singapore 307591, www.gugifted.com
Integrated International School Tea & Tots
8 to 18 months
Tea & Tots really takes playgroup to the next level with 75-minute sessions that are more structured than a typical play date at home. Circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts are all thoughtfully built into the adult-accompanied class. Time will fly by as your wee ones get to safely exercise all their senses, including squishing little hands into sensory materials like paint, sand, clay and fabric, as well as looking at shimmering images, sorting through colourful shapes and listening to soothing music in the one-of-a-kind Ocean Snoezelen Room – a unique sensory room in Singapore. So that’s the tots sorted; as for the tea, caretakers are welcome to mingle and get play tips from teachers over energizing tea and biscuits!
Integrated International School, 41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6466 4475, www.iis.edu.sg
Julia Gabriel PlayNest
6 to 18 months
This is where little ones can first discover the joy of learning in a safe, clean environment, developing social skills through meaningful interactions with caretakers, teachers and even puppets! With a specially-created Story Time and Music Time series, babies’ can stimulate their imaginations and sense of wonder, while they build sensory abilities through arts and crafts and other hands-on discovery activities. And they can even start to hone their social skills through the joy of eating with others.
Newborns and up
With an East Coast location and another at Tanglin Mall, the brilliant Early Childhood programmes at this popular music school employ a multi-sensory approach that involves singing, playing, moving, listening and watching. At such an early age it’s all about giving babies and toddlers the confidence to experiment, improvise and create their own music. Suitable for babies as young as newborns, the Junior Discovery programme is based on the Suzuki ECE and Suzuki Method, utilizing everything from nursery rhymes and chants to singing and percussion playing (might take your bub a few months to get a handle on that part of things!). Along the way, children not only hone their musical acumen, but gain social skills and improve coordination, memory, concentration, language, creativity, self-confidence, and physical composure!
[email protected], www.juzmusic.com
Newborn to 18 months
The welcoming environment at the Kindermusik Village is perfect for new babies. Parent-accompanied classes start from birth and instil a love of music in little ones. Classes are hands-on and designed to promote bonding with your babe — expect creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration in each class. Toddlers from 18 months of age can join one of their Our Time classes and learn music through song, sound imitation, rhyming and creative dancing.
The Little Gym
4 months and up
The Little Gym has got you covered with learning activities for the energetic babes! Their parent-accompanied developmental gymnastics class for babies from 4 months of age promotes movement and motor development with plenty of songs, ball play and group games – it’s all about having fun while learning here!
Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care
2 to 18 months
Perfect for working mamas, this highly specialized bilingual programme for infants at Little Paddington’s two beautiful Infant Care facilities has a low staff-child ratio to ensure plenty of individual attention. Along the way, educators encourage language and sensorial development, and babies get plenty of play at both the beautiful indoor gym and lovely outdoor playground. And did we mention the petting zoo, water play and dedicated picnic spots?!
Marsden Swim School
6 months and up
One of the oldest and most reputable swim schools in Singapore, Marsden is highly sought-after by parents because the AUSTSWIM instructors do a great job motivating the kids at all levels — classes are small and the teachers are first-rate! The baby classes are all about getting little ones comfortable in the water through songs, games, and gentle splashing. Our own little ones adored their classes at Marsden and haven’t wanted to get out of the water since!
Marsden Swim School, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-33 Turf City, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 9665 0328, www.marsdenswimschool.com
Mother & Child
Newborn and up
Practically a must-visit for parents-to-be and new mamas, Mother & Child offers all sorts of prenatal classes, newborn parenting classes, and drop-in well-baby clinics at both its Tanglin and East Coast locations. You’ll also find first aid and infant massage classes for parents, helpers, and babies; yoga for pregnant women and new mamas; and postnatal classes for mamas and babies like “Musical Monkeys” and the popular Twins Group! And we haven’t even mentioned their legendary lactation specialists!
Mother & Child Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road #03-11, Singapore 247933, open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm
Mother & Child East Coast, 88 East Coast Road, #02-07 Katong Square, 42337, open 10am to 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday (consultations by appointment only)
Tel: (+65) 6836 0063, [email protected], www.motherandchild.com.sg
Babies 6-14 months & toddlers 1-3 year olds
This weekly 45-minute accompanied playgroup (parents and helpers both welcome!) is a super-fun creative outlet for little ones, with everything from circle time, to singing, dancing, story time, games, and lots of awesome art projects (including painting and general fun sticky stuff!). These baby classes with sensory and messy play are great for exploratory learning with bubbles, songs, and music. Conveniently held at different indoor playgrounds around Singapore, each session has a different theme of exploration. Mucky Pups is led by a former preschool teacher and trained artist. We love that the first class is at an affordable trial price and reasonably priced at about $30 per class thereafter (with no longterm commitment; just pay as you go)!
Mucky Pups, Tel: (+65) 9002 3568, www.facebook.com/muckypupstoddlers
3 months and up
In these parent-accompanied classes, mamas and papas (and helpers) gently introduce babies to music and movement through exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides and even unique swings. This unique class for the littles MyGym students event includes a parent discussion with tips on babies’ physical development. Bonus points for super-enthusiastic teachers whom kiddos seem to universally adore.
Our Music Studio
Newborn to 3 years
Musical Babes (0-1.5 years) and Rhythmic Tots (1.5-3 years) classes for mini musicians teach small ones about music through vocal play, creative movement and instrument exploration. Classes have plenty of time for dancing, singing and giggling and are a lovely way for mama and bubba to spend some quality time together learning about music.
Our Music Studio, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-11B Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6467 1789, www.ourmusicstudio.com.sg
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool
2 months and up
Geared toward providing a safe, loving, stimulating, and emotionally nurturing environment for babies from 2 months onwards, Sunflower Baby House infant care allows littles to explore and discover with daily activities like both indoor and outdoor play, creative arts, sand and water play, music & movement, and rhymes and songs.
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool, 200 Turf Club Road, #04-01 & 07/08 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, www.sunflowerbabyhouse.com, open Monday to Friday; 7am to 7pm
4 months and up
With two beautiful, purpose-built swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor) in the lush surrounds of Dempsey Hill, SWISH offers babies and children a temperature-controlled, salt-chlorinated environment that is gentler on hair, skin and eyes. Parents and caregivers accompany little ones in the water through games, songs, and gentle activities that get bubs comfortable with the water and basics like putting their face underwater, blowing bubbles, and floating on their backs. Ultimately, babies are able to explore the water and extend their abilities en route to becoming competent, safety-conscious little swimmers!
SWISH Swimming, 72 Loewen Road #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 248848, (+65) 9832 2522, [email protected], www.swishswimming.com
Two by Two Schoolhouse
18 months to 2.5 years
The “Little Bunnies Playgroup (仁爱班)” on the East Coast is all about making Mandarin learning natural and effortless – in other words, fun! Little ones from 18 months to 2.5 years old encounter Mandarin through stories, songs, music, and even props. Active, engaged teachers foster creativity and imagination through role-playing activities, and along the way the little bunnies will also develop fine motor skills, confidence, independence and social skills.
Two by Two Schoolhouse, 55 Lor L Telok Kurau #03-61 Bright Centre S425500, Tel: (+65) 6245 0838, [email protected], www.twobytwo.sg
6 months to 2.5 years
White Lodge runs a Parent and Child Programme with activities like circle time, music and movement, art, and both sensory and outdoor play. Each 90-minute session is planned and run by an experienced facilitator, allowing babies an early chance to flex their social skills, and giving parents the opportunity to meet up as well! We love that these sessions are also open to helpers and other caregivers, and it’s a fab way to start getting little ones familiar with a preschool setting.